Cord blood is the excess blood left in the umbilical cord after your baby is born. This precious resource was historically discarded as medical waste. However, in the 1980's scientists discovered that your baby's cord blood is an incredible source of potentially life-saving stem cells.
Stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood are called hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). They are the building blocks of the body’s blood and immune systems. These cells have the ability to repair and replace tissue that has been damaged by disease, chemotherapy or other medical conditions.
Cord blood stem cells are often used in regenerative medicine and have been saving lives for more than 30 years. Doctors have used cord blood stem cells in the treatment of leukemia, lymphoma, metabolic disorders, various anemias, and more.
Cord blood stem cells are now routinely being used to treat over 80 critical diseases and conditions, and this list continues to grow. Current studies show promising treatments for autism, heart disease, diabetes, cerebral palsy, and others.
The hematopoietic stem cells from cord blood are used in treatment by infusing them into the patient; often referred to as a “cord blood transplant” or a "stem cell transplant". Transplanting healthy cord blood stem cells into the recipient allows the platelets and affected cell tissue to regenerate into healthy tissue.
Cord blood banking is the process of extracting the stem cells from your baby's cord blood and storing them for potential use.
Private cord blood banks like MiracleCord ensure that you will always have access to your stored cord blood. In the event that a disease or condition arises in the future, your baby's cord blood stem cells may be the best treatment for your child, or a family member.
MiracleCord has developed a simple, worry-free process for collecting and storing your baby’s cord blood that ensures its future viability. Your baby’s cord blood is collected at the time of birth using our proprietary StemCare® Collection Kit that includes a sterile, FDA-approved collection bag. It is then quickly and carefully transported by our direct medical courier service for processing in our state-of-the-art laboratory where it is cryogenically stored until the time you may need it most.
For many diseases and conditions, cord blood and cord tissue stem cells may offer the only hope for a cure.